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Old Lady of the Thames' gets £4m makeover—at last

PUBLISHED: 18:47 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

London's iconic Tower Bridge about to get new lick of paint

London's iconic Tower Bridge about to get new lick of paint

WORK has begun on giving the most famous bascule bridge in the world a long-overdue spruce up. A £4 million programme to repaint Tower Bridge has begun this week by the City of London Corporation. It will have scaffolding erected over the coming months, first around the south tower on the opposite side from the Tower of London, so that workers can reach every inch of the huge structure. The City Corporation has stumped up the cash after realising the famous Old Lady of the Thames' deserved a makeover

Mike Brooke

WORK has begun on giving the most famous bascule bridge in the world a long-overdue spruce up.

A £4 million programme to repaint Tower Bridge has begun this week by the City of London Corporation.

It will have scaffolding erected over the coming months, first around the south tower on the opposite side from the Tower of London, so that workers can reach every inch of the huge structure.

The City Corporation has stumped up the cash after realising the famous 'Old Lady of the Thames' deserved a makeover.

The iconic river gateway 'entrance to London' recognised around the globe was the biggest and most advanced bascule bridge ever built.

It was the pride of Victorian engineering at the height of Empire and took eight years to construct.

The bridge gets about 400,000 tourists a year to its exhibition and sees 25 marriages take place there as well as events and parties.

The repainting project lasting three years is costing London's taxpayers nothing, since Tower Bridge and four other Thames crossings, including its neighbouring and older London Bridge half-a-mile up river, is provided and maintained by the City Corporation under a trust that dates back 800 years.

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